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Internal review details failures in fence-jumping incident at White House

November 14, 2014
Carol Leonnig | The Washington Post
Layer after layer of security measures that were supposed to block an intruder from getting into the White House all failed in stunning succession on the evening of Sept. 19, according to an internal review of a fence jumper’s breach.
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In Climate Deal With China, Obama May Set 2016 Theme

November 13, 2014
Coral Davenport | The New York Times
President Obama’s landmark agreement with China to cut greenhouse gas pollution is a bet by the president and Democrats that on the issue of climate change, American voters are far ahead of Washington’s warring factions and that the environment will be a winning cause in the 2016 presidential campaign.
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Will Obama fade or fight as Republicans gain control of Congress?

November 13, 2014
Karen Tumulty, Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post
When his party got walloped last week in the midterm election, an unbowed President Obama declared that he would “squeeze every last little bit of opportunity” to push his agenda in the waning years of his presidency. In the past few days, he has shown that he meant it.
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The best last choice

November 13, 2014
Josh Gerstein, Edward-Isaac Dovere | Politico
Maybe travel less, President Barack Obama told Eric Holder. Want to be home more with your wife and kids? Let’s work out your schedule to make that happen. Tell us what we can do to make the job work better for you. Just don’t leave.
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Obama, Chinese president agree to landmark climate deal

November 12, 2014
Christi Parsons, Julie Makinen, Neela Banerjee | Tribune Newspapers
Reflecting the urgency and scale scientists have called for to cope with climate change, the U.S. and Chinese presidents laid out ambitious new targets Wednesday to cut pollution in a deal that negotiators hope will inspire similarly dramatic commitments from other countries.
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Preemptive strike

November 12, 2014
Michael Crowley, Burgess Everett | Politico
Two weeks before a crucial diplomatic deadline, newly victorious Republicans in Congress are plotting to derail one of Barack Obama’s few remaining chances for a second-term policy legacy: a nuclear deal with Iran.
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Why the U.S. can’t ignore or alienate the rising power of China

November 11, 2014
The U.S. relationship with China is critical to existential issues like economic stability and climate change. But that comes with significant concerns, like cyber-security and human rights. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the dilemmas and opportunities of securing greater diplomatic and economic ties between the U.S. and China.
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Obama, Putin exchange little more than pleasantries in China

November 11, 2014
Christi Parsons | Tribune Newspapers
President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin came to agreement on Tuesday – that the soaring cloisonne ceilings and elaborately carved teak wood at the Yanqi Lake conference center here were really quite nice.
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The war over President Obama’s new war in Iraq

November 11, 2014
Michael Crowley | Politico
One Friday in late August, President Obama’s national security team met at the White House to discuss their response to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. A few days earlier the group had posted horrific video of the beheading of an American journalist, James Foley, and calls for a severe response were growing fast. The United States was already conducting limited air strikes in Iraq to try to halt the group’s alarming spread across the country, but Obama’s advisers now were recommending more controversial strikes across the border in Syria.
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